Gerard Pique is not a popular man in Spain

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Gerard Pique hasn't been shy about getting himself some headlines in recent weeks. Firstly the Barcelona defender bizarrely claimed his club side would struggle in the Premier League, then he was promptly booed by home supporters every time he touched the ball against England last Friday. 

You may be wondering why that was. It wasn't because of his performance. No, it's something you don't hear about every day – Pique is getting booed because of his political beliefs.

Admittedly, Pique's beliefs are still highly involved with football, hence the reason every supporter of a club other than Barcelona is upset with him. To put it simply, Pique is a very vocal supporter of Catalonia's push to gain independence from Spain.


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This may not seem like a big deal, but when you consider that Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, then things start to become a touch more complicated.

There is already an underlying tension between the Barcelona players and Madrid supporters, so the Madridistas are welcoming any opportunity to make their feelings known.

What will happen to Barcelona?

Whilst it remains unlikely that the current Barcelona players in the Spain squad will be allowed to swap nationalities after so many caps, the future of Barcelona looks very much in the balance. There is a real possibility that Barcelona would be banished from La Liga should Catalonia gain independence. As you can imagine, that wouldn't be a very popular decision.

Without Barcelona, La Liga becomes a lot less interesting: a situation similar to the one with Celtic and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League could arise, with Real Madrid becoming overly dominant without any real competitor. The league would become duller, the TV money would decrease and the standard of the teams would probably decline.

But if you thought La Liga's future looked bleak, imagine what it will be like for Barcelona.

They will be playing in a league with Espanyol as their only real competitor; the rest of the division will be occupied by teams from the lower leagues. As much loyalty as the likes of Leo Messi and Pique have, are they going to enjoy football at a far poorer standard?

Their chances in the Champions League would become non-existent with the lack of competitive games, leading to a mass exodus of star players. It would be likely that Barcelona will fall from grace in a very short space of time - a sad but ultimately very realistic proposition.

So it's understandable that the rest of Spain is a little bit annoyed with Pique. Spain needs Barcelona, and perhaps Pique needs to realise that Barcelona also needs Spain.

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